Monday, January 17, 2011

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Today my DIL, and husband had off from work! My grandson was also out of school for MLK's birthday! It was a miracle we were all off on the same day! (It rarely happens, except MAYBE once or twice a year)!
Well, we decided to visit a really neat wetland that has a boardwalk elevated over the water... It is called Wakodahatchee Wetlands. This link will take you to a virtual tour.

This was my third time going. We saw alligators, ducks, so may birds, I can't begin to tell you, turtles, and a Marsh rabbit. If you click on the link, you can click on the sidebar there to see all of the birds that have been spotted out there. The grandkids loved it.

One bad thing happened. I was holding Emily (age 2.5) up to see a turtle directly below in the water, and she somehow let go of her pacifier and it fell into the water right in front of the turtle. Then another turtle swam up to the surface (all this while, Emily is mortified that her pacifier has dropped into the water), and don't you know the larger turtled bit onto the pacifier just as a baby would, and he swam under the boardwalk! Emily was so was sad and funny at the same time. Of course now I am worried we may have caused damage to some form of wildlife with that plastic/rubber thing. I hope none of our animal friends suffer from my carelessness. Of course, it could have just as easily been my glasses falling off my face. Luckily there was a replacement paci in the car....

I had gone without my darn camera!!!!! (Pictures are from Wikipedia). We did have a last minute surprise visiter fly in...a Roseate Spoonbill. She was gorgeous...very pink in color...a real treat!


Cindy said...

This reminds me of when I was a kid, whenever we went to the pier I would put my hand over my mouth when I looked over the railing because I was afraid somehow my retainer might fall into the ocean!

Hopefully the turtle is still OK!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Love the color of that spoonbill. And I gotta tell ya that I laughed pretty hard about the pacifier. And it's not like you did it on purpose or anything. But that was one quick turtle!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What hoot. I am sure your Granddaughter didn't think it was so funny. The turtle must have been hungry if it thought the paci was something to eat. Poor thing will have a surprise. Aren't those Roseate Spoonbills the most gorgeous birds ever?? They look so prehistoric too with those big bills. Sounds like you all had a great time.

messyfish said...

Oh no! The turtle got her dummie.... Lucky you had another. Those moments are tough when you want to laugh but they are crying!!!

Pokeberry Mary said...

Oh my! Imagine watching a turtle steal your pacifier! What a story that would be. I'm sure he spit it out, don't worry. :)

Judi said...

Hi Julie
Oh dear.....I hope that turtle was ok...but it really is a bit funny otherwise. Poor Emily though.

Wasn't that a nice treat that you were all off and could enjoy the day together. What a great place to go to. So much day.


Bobbie Lynn said...

Too bad you did not have your camera. I'm sure all is was well the the turtles, but poor Emily. May need to carry an extra pacifier. sounds like a beautiful place and that photo of the Spoonbill is really neat. what a gorgeous bird.

Bobbie Lynn

Mandy said...

That is a gorgeous bird! I can only imagine how displeased Emily was, but that turtle probably loved it! Too funny!!

studio lolo said...

What a beautiful place!

As a vet tech, I can tell you if a dog swallowed a pacifier he'd be in big trouble. Probably exploratory surgery for obstruction. But I don't know turtles anatomy. I will say I doubt he swallowed it because they have no teeth and small (I think) throats. Julie, think of all the other things that have fallen in those waters.

Now, Emma wants to know if Doozy wants to do the Cha-Cha-Chihuahua!!

Kaybe said...

Oh I hate hate it when I forget my camera. It's like going shelling without a bucket - that's when all the good stuff shows up.

Take good care,


Serena said...

I'd like to think that the turtle is okay and wasn't able to swallow it. It was unintentional and it's a lesson learned for next time. Luckily you had a spare pacifier...we call them 'dummies'.

That roseate spoonbill is beautiful!

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Awwwwwww! It sounds like you had a great time outside the pacifier incident.

My Little Family: said...

What a terrific spoonbill shot - they always leave when I bring out my camera!